The Studio on Film
Swimming Pool Paintings
The Swimming Pool paintings are Emily Ball’s largest body of work to date. Inspired by watching her young children learn to swim, Emily quickly became captivated by the interaction between the figures and the water surrounding them. Made over five years, these paintings have an ambition and confidence that reveals an artist following her instincts and creating her own painterly language that meaningfully captures the essential qualities of her subject. The resulting work has a gravitas and weight to it, so that whilst colours may zing and leap on the canvas, and subjects may be full of joy – the paintings themselves are anything but lightweight.